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% of their pay for are up to five months. that is what the pentagon says will happen to workers iers if automatic spending cuts go into effect march 1. >>> the clock is ticking. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. today the pentagon say said if that happens the vast majority of its 800,000 civilian workers will is to be furlough. >> this is one of the least or the most the distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: the employees with lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weaks. a a lot of about 20% of their pay. military personal would be excepted but officials warned even though it is the civilian work force that will take the direct hit in their wallet. >> the associated furloughs with impact our war fighters, our veterans and family members in on told ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay the automatic spending cuts for two months. that just set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1, $85 million in spending cuts go into effect all at once. in addition to the pentagon cuts it would also mean
money in their paychecks if those budget cuts go through. pentagon workers would lose 1 day of work each week for up to 22 weeks. that means a loss of about 20% of their pay. and the budget people at the defense department say the effect of those cuts will be felt across the country. >>> breaking news this morning from syria, where a large explosion has rocked central damascus. it happened near the headquarters of the ruling baath party and the russian embassy. syrian state tv says there were several casualties, possibly including children. >>> if you're about to chow down on an egg mcmuffin this morning, you're probably not alone. a new study shows just how much fast food americans eat. adults ate 11% of their daily calories in fast food over a four-year period. topping the survey, nonhispanic black adults who ate one-fifth of their diet from fast food. and the over-60 crowd, ate fast food just 6% of the time. >>> well, drinking coffee can apparently give you the jolt you need to live longer. a new study of older americans found three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of early de
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
: march 1st, more than $85 billion in cuts kick in. the pentagon will take a $46 billion hit. but the cuts will also be felt outside washington. if the agriculture department furloughs workers, expect fewer food safety inspections and higher food prices. if the homeland security department tells screeners to stay home, airport security lines are expected to grow. national parks would have to cut more than $100 million t. could impact everything, from operation hours to grass cutting. from the grand canyon to hear at -- here at the national mall. >> reporter: tom kiernan, from the national parks conversation association says it will have a ripple effect. >> the local communities will get hammered. i think it's devastating. it's embarrassing as a country. >> reporter: former congressman jim nussle, who helped pass four balanced budgets, said washington is doing this to itself. >> all of this is kind of compounding. about every month, there's another crisis that is manufactured by the president and the office. and that's no way to run thin
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